Ross Taylor said that Chaminda Vaas has been an asset for the Kiwis during their preparation for the Tests AFP

Galle: Nov 17, 2012

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor lauded former Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas insights on the conditions in Sri Lanka and hopes it will help his team s quicks for the Test series starting today in Galle. Vaas is currently with the Kiwi camp in an assistant fast-bowling coach capacity.

“Vaas has given us an insight into how to play in Sri Lankan conditions and we have a couple of left-arm quicks who are learning a lot off him at the moment, he’s been an asset to our group so far,” said Taylor, as quoted by Reuters, on the eve of the first Test.

Ross also said that the Kiwis are likely to play two quick bowlers and one spinner as they attempt to win their first Test match in Sri Lanka since 1998.

Commenting on the pitch at Galle, he said: “I haven t seen the wicket so far today, but it s got another day to go and pitches do change.

“Because they cover the whole ground it might look a little bit different in the morning, but that s probably the side that will go in.”

Taylor expressed concern about the wet weather which marred the One-Day series which his team lost 0-3.

“Both teams are in the same boat, and the weather will probably play its part over the next two matches,” said Taylor.

“You can prepare to play, and I guess switching on and off is going to be a crucial part of this game.

“Test cricket is great to play and as we ve been here in Galle, it s rained everyday so far in the afternoon, and we ll have to factor that into our preparations and into the match.

“The last time we played here I don’t think there was a lot of spin, there was spin, but not excessive spin,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene thought the pitch would help the spin bowlers in the latter stages of the match.

“The wicket will help spin bowlers only on the last two days and I hope it will be a good track for the fast bowlers too,” he said.

Having played a lot of white-ball cricket for the past four months, Jayawardene said his team hoped to adjust and do well with the red one.

“The players have had training for three days or so with the red ball and we look forward to doing well in the test match that begins tomorrow and give our best and come up with a win,” he said.